Federal judge OKs trial against 4 San Francisco officers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge says a man who spent six years in prison for murder before being acquitted by a second jury can proceed with a lawsuit against four San Francisco police officers he accuses of framing him.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers this week refused to dismiss Jamal Trulove’s suit against Officers Maureen D’Amico, Michael Johnson, Robert McMillan and John Evans.
She scheduled the trial to begin March 8 in Oakland.
The judge says evidence could lead a new jury to conclude that three of the officers coerced the main prosecution witness to identify him as the killer. She also says that a fourth officer failed to disclose evidence that would have helped Trulove.
City Attorney spokesman John Cote says the officers acted appropriately.
Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com